Hi it's me again,
today a few things that I learned about Cabton :
The Misuho Motor co.Started in 1923 to make aircraft parts (?)and by '27 they started selling their first 350side valve and later 350 and 500 copies of the British Ariel Red Hunter 4stroke single OHV.
This is apicture that I found of a Cabton VG 500 of !937:
Although I only found information about a post war Red Hunter copy this bike on top looks realy pre war,
And this next one is the post WW2 350 "Knightly"of 1954(Supposedly from the name of the founder of the co.Shoichi Naito.It kind of sounds the same)
And the Ariel that was cloned without a license I believe,a NH350from'52:
Check out that even the badge on the gas tank has the same shape and same kind of lettering.
By the way the name of the bike comes from:Come And Buy To Osaka Nakagawa. Osaka Nakagawa is the area of their factory or maybe their main outlet.(or something).Propably because a 'western' sounding name meant quality to the Japanese back then.Next a brochure from1935 with the acronym C.A.B.T.O.N.(The bike in the brochure has an engine copied from the Meguro engine that was copied from Motosacoche and not the Cabton engine that was copied from Ariel!!!)
(Or they bought the engine from Meguro?Or it is a Meguro bike sold by Cabton who were dealers for other brands too?Dammit.I am lost.But there is a Meguro conection somewhere there.)
Anyway, it can't have been very fast with 14hp\3750rpm from the 70X90 single cylinder but it had a good reputation for
cheap and reliable "real bike" ownership in post war austerity.
By the early '50's the competition beetwen the factories was fierce and Cabton produced 125 and 250cc
bikes that was the popular category.I couldnt find any dedtails on these,but around 54 they made a
twin in 600cc and 250cc.These where copied from the Indian Warrior(not arrow as I said in a previous post)but they where a mirror copy,drive side on the left for Cabton and on the right for Indian.